Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Anna dings the Fed

Anna Schwartz, the eminent scholar of monetary history, speaks her mind:

As rebukes go in the close-knit world of central banking, few hurt as much as the scathing indictment of US Federal Reserve policy by Professor Anna Schwartz.

The high priestess of US monetarism - a revered figure at the Fed - says the central bank is itself the chief cause of the credit bubble, and now seems stunned as the consequences of its own actions engulf the financial system. "The new group at the Fed is not equal to the problem that faces it," she says, daring to utter a thought that fellow critics mostly utter sotto voce.

Hat tip for the pointer to Crossing Wall Street (which also has an interesting post on trying to replicate our tax system with a flat tax).